Stephen Beatty

Chair, Cities Global Center of Excellence and Head, Global Infrastructure (Americas and India)

Session Information:
Smart Cities – A Fad or Reality!
9:00 – 9:45am

Stephen Beatty is KPMG’s Head of Global Infrastructure for the Americas region and is based in Canada. In addition to his responsibility for the Americas region, he advises governments and private sector clients in both Island economies and in India.With over 25 years experience working with KPMG, Stephen is a well recognised expert in public infrastructure projects – advising both public and private sector clients across every stage of their projects and/or programs. In particular, he has advised extensively in privatisation strategy, transportation planning, PPP policy development and project financing. His experience includes numerous projects in roads, airports, water, wastewater, healthcare and utilities and spans across five continents.

Steve earned a bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a master’s degree with honors from York University. He serves as a member of the Planning Forum, the American Marketing Association, and the Transportation Research Board Committee on Taxation and Finance (US National Academy of Sciences).

Steve has over 20 years’ experience with the firm and is well recognised as an expert in public infrastructure projects. Steve has been involved in numerous negotiations on infrastructure projects, and has been instrumental to his clients in delivering large infrastructure projects. Steve has led many major infrastructure transactions and has advised both public and private sector clients extensively in privatisation strategy, transportation planning, PPP policy development and project financing. He has assisted public sector clients in project scoping, process design, process execution, and negotiation with private developers. For private sector clients, his assistance has included business strategies, financing approaches, and preparation of bids related to highway and other infrastructure projects. His experience includes:

Town of Gravenhurst – Airport Acquisition Study. Mr. Beatty assisted in KPMG’s role in this study to assess the feasibility of the acquisition of Muskoka Airport by the Town of Gravenhurst. The focus of KPMG’s role was to assess the financial viability of the airport under a number of different scenarios with the primary emphasis on conducting a marketing study for the airport to attract new revenue sources. The marketing work assessed the likelihood of attracting various types of new traffic, including corporate, commercial and tourist-related users.


Alan Mitchell

Executive Director – Cities Global Center of Excellence

Session Information:
Smart Cities – A Fad or Reality!
9:00 – 9:45am
BA (Geography), University of Toronto.
Certified Management Consultant (CMC)

Alan has over 30 years of experience in working for and with government organisations and agencies in a variety of capacities, including developing eGovernment/eService solutions, conducting service reviews and introducing program and service based budgeting, to name a few. Over the last 20 years, Alan has specialised in the development of program/service models for mapping out the business of cities and local authorities. In this capacity, Alan has worked with approximately 40 cities across Canada and internationally in support of various transformation initiatives.
Employment Experience:

  • KPMG LLP, Cities Global Center of Excellence – August, 2012 to Present.
  • City of Toronto, Information and Technology Division, Director – May 2011 – August 2012.
  • KPMG LLP, Senior Manager, Advisory – April 2009 – May 2011.
  • Chartwell I.R.M. Inc., Director – July 2003 – March 2009.
  • GHK International (Canada) Ltd., Director – December 1999 – June 2003.
  • Chartwell I.R.M. Inc., Director – August 1992 – November 1999.

International Government Organisations:

  • Republic of Poland – A World Bank funded initiative to strengthen local government in Poland prior to the secession to the European Union.
  • Government of Jamaica – A Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funded initiative to assist the government introduce property taxation billing and collection systems.
  • Government of Indonesia – A Federation of Canadian Municipality (FCM) sponsored, CIDA funded initiative to strengthen local government capacity in the reconstruction of the District of Aceh after the 2004 tsunami.


Sol Salinas

Managing Director, Accenture Digital – Mobility
Global Lead, Accenture Smart Cities

Session Information:
Re-thinking the ‘Smart City’: How to be successful
11:00 – 11:45am

Sol Salinas is the Global Leader of Accenture’s Smart Cities practice and a North America Sustainability Practice Leader. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of a global Smart Cities offering and alliances with global Internet of Things (IoT) providers. He is involved with and often directly oversees the work of multi-disciplinary teams supporting Accenture’s work in cities across North America and throughout the world. As part of this effort, he leads Accenture’s digital work for the City of Chicago, representing the company in a unique Public Private Partnership with the city and various other public and private entities that intends to rapidly advance smart city development.Prior to joining the Accenture, Mr. Salinas was Founder and CEO of Blue Dot Environmental Consulting, a minority-owned small business specializing in strategic sustainability consulting. Mr. Salinas is a corporate sustainability subject-matter specialist with 22 years of experience in his field, 15 of which were spent in executive positions with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He was one of the founders of US EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and managed its growth from 1991 to 2005. He also served as Assistant Office Director of the US EPA Office of International Affairs where he managed international environmental programs in the areas of air, toxics, and water, including establishment of long-term program direction and financial operations. Specifically, Mr. Salinas developed and implemented a number of multilateral and bilateral public-private collaborations that served to advance US government international environmental priorities in the areas of climate change, mercury, and safe drinking water and sanitation. In the area of climate change, one notable success included leading a team of international program managers, policy experts, and communications professionals who helped support the US government’s launch of the Methane to Markets Partnership, a highly successful international public-private partnership to help reduce methane emissions that contribute to climate change. Similarly, in the area of toxics, he designed The Global Partnership for Mercury Management in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining, an international public-private partnership to reduce exposure to mercury from small scale mining activities. In the area of water, Mr. Salinas helped launch the Water Safety Action Network, a multilateral private-public partnership designed to promote the use of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Water Safety Plan concept in an effort to align resources of developed countries and donor institutions with the needs of developing countries.

Mr. Salinas holds a joint MA/MBA (minor) from both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School of Journalism and Kenan-Flagler Graduate School of Business as well as a BS and a BA from George Mason University. He resides in Ellicott City, Maryland with his wife and three remaining school-aged children.


Youseph Yazdi, PhD, MBA

Johns Hopkins Executive Director

Session Information:
Harnessing the power of smart design to solve healthcare challenges
12:30 – 1:15pm

Johns Hopkins Executive Director, Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design; Program Director Coulter Foundation Translational Partnership; Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business SchoolYouseph Yazdi, PhD, MBA, joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2009 and the Carey Business School in 2011. He is the Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design, a center focused on training leaders in medtech innovation and commercialization. He is also Director of the Johns Hopkins – Coulter Translational Partnership, established in 2011, which supports translational medical innovations emerging from collaborations between BME faculty and School of Medicine clinicians.

Dr. Yazdi is a graduate of Rice University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and holds MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned the MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business with a minor in Entrepreneurial Management. Prior to his arrival at Hopkins, Dr. Yazdi was a Corporate Director in Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Office of Science and Technology where he was responsible for the creation and management of external and internal partnerships that funded and guided early-stage health care innovation. In this role, he made significant contributions to corporate-wide teams that defined the company’s entry into major new businesses. Dr. Yazdi has over 20 years of experience in early-stage medical device innovation, including 13 years in industry. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and serves on several related advisory boards and committees. Dr Yazdi is an inventor on several patents in the fields of ultrasonics and biophotonics that are incorporated into successfully commercialized medical devices.


Dr. Amjad Umar

Chief Architect and Director of the United Nations Small Islands and Developing States (SIDS) Partnership, Professor and Director of the Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) program

Session Information:
Computer Aided Planning for Smart Towns and Small Islands
1:30 – 2:15pm
Dr. Amjad Umar is the Chief Architect and Director of the United Nations Small Islands and Developing States (SIDS) Partnership that is focusing on using ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in more than 50 developing countries, including small islands. He is also the Director and Professor of ISEM (Information Systems Engineering and Management) program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and a Fulbright Senior Specialist on ICT. His 20+ years of industrial experience includes senior management and consulting/advisory positions with governments and industries around the globe. He has also developed and taught graduate level courses in Enterprise Architectures and Integration, Strategic Planning, Business Intelligence, Information Security and Computer Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Fordham Graduate School of Business, and Peking University. He has published eight books and more than 50 research papers in his areas of specialization that span computer aided planning, digital enterprises, enterprise architectures and integration, intelligent decision support, mobile computing, and information security. He holds an M.S. in Computer and Communication Engineering and a Ph,D. in Information Systems (Industrial Engineering and Management Department), both from the University of Michigan.


Jennifer Robinson

SAS, Director Local Government Solutions

Session Information:
Using Analytics to Unravel Complex Social Issues
4:30 – 5:00pm
Jennifer Robinson is a member of SAS’s U.S. Government Practice, working to help cities maximize the use of their data through data integration, data management and analytics. Jennifer has a background in software development and local government. Throughout her career, she has been involved in all phases of the software development lifecycle. Jennifer has served as a Councilwoman for Cary, NC since 1999 and is a member of several boards that address regional and statewide issues.


Majid Khan

Verizon, Managing Director of Smart Communities and Venues

Session Information:
Human-Centric Approach of Smart Communities
3:30 – 3:55pm

Majid Khan leads and manages a national team of business development professionals and engineering specialists responsible for customer engagement and solutions development to address the increasingly complex Internet of Things (IoT) requirements of Cities, Municipalities and Community Developments.Based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Khan is responsible for creating business value for clients and executing strategies across the United States with specific focus on developing Citizen Engagement solutions. Khan’s team is working with communities to improve the quality of life for people, while simultaneously increasing the quality and efficiency in the way cities operate. Khan’s team brings the full breadth of Verizon’s solution portfolio including Citizen Engagement, Parking, Traffic Management, Public Safety, Public WiFi, IOT Security Credentialing, IOT Consulting Services, and Managed Services to help our customers collect critical data and gain near real-time visibility into the vital operations of their communities. He began his career with Verizon in 1995, and has held roles of increasing responsibility in systems engineering, solutions consulting and design through execution, with a focus on managing geo-disperse teams that served Verizon’s Enterprise, State/Local and Federal clients on a national basis. Khan earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology.


Vincent E. Mudd

Past Chairman, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
Managing Partner, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE

Session Information:
San Diego: A Global Smart City
10:00 – 10:45am
Past Chairman of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and past public policy chair of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; COO and managing partner and principal of global architecture, design and branding leader Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.Vincent Mudd has made civic engagement a career and professional priority, believing that the key to success is building strong strategic partnerships among business, nonprofit and government leaders in his local San Diego community and beyond. Mudd also currently chairs the San Diego Exploratory Foundation, whose mission is to promote the social and economic welfare of San Diego. He is also a past chairman of the city’s EDC, its Citizen’s Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, and the regional Chamber of Commerce.


Brian Smith

Gannett Fleming, Vice President Commercial Solutions

Session Information:
Geographic Information Systems role within the IoT (Internet of Things) and the Smart City space
2:30 – 3:15pm
Brian Smith joined Gannett Fleming in 2000 and has more than 18 years of GIS and Spatial IT experience. For the past 16 years, Brian has worked in a variety of customers and partners to solve complex business challenges using spatial information as the cornerstone of the solution. Over the last two years, Brian has co-led initiatives at Gannett Fleming to explore and solve common challenges in the IoT and Smart Cities space. Along with a team of industry innovators, Gannett Fleming has developed an innovative approach to solving IoT and Smart Cities challenges using GIS and spatial techniques to illustrate and report on sensors, GPS units, and data feeds.


Deb Oberly

Microsoft, IoT Solution Specialist, Global Black Belt Team

Session Information:
Geographic Information Systems role within the IoT (Internet of Things) and the Smart City space
2:30 – 3:15pm
Deb Oberly joined Microsoft in 2010 and has over 20 years of diverse sales and marketing experience in the software and services business. During her time at Microsoft, Deb has focused her career on gaining a variety of experiences centered around Microsoft’s business partners both nationally and in the Americas. She has worked in the IoT space for the last 2 years, previously as the Americas IoT Partner Sales Lead, where she successfully built an ecosystem of over 150 IoT partners in the Americas, led depth partner recruitment, enablement and co-selling with top tier partners and served as the time zone subject matter expert. In this role, Deb gained a global perspective around IoT and the solutions that resonate in specific industries around the world.

In her current role as an IoT Solution Specialist, Deb applies her extensive sales skills, industry knowledge and IoT experience to design and implement solutions that transform customer’s businesses in her East Coast US territory. Her goal is to create and implement strategies that drive desired business outcomes for her customers and empowers them to tap into Microsoft technologies to transform their businesses.


Mike Doenges

Consulting System Engineer for IoT (Internet of Things) at Cisco

Session Information:
Exploring Smart and Connected Communities –
How cities achieve their critical and operational goals

4:00 – 4:25pm
Father, Son, Brother and consummate Renaissance Geek. Technology has been in my blood from and early age. Growing up in a time of digital wonders presents itself with a list of endless questions. Still to this day I ask them, and learn as much as I can, and just as much as I need to. So what do I do here at Cisco?

Guiding our public sector customers in, and enabling them to execute on, their digital transformation visions in order to further their own communities and cities to become smart, connected and enabled is what I do. The best part of my job? Knowing that if we do this right it will positively impact our society as a whole for many generations to come.